There is something here for everyone and every budget, from beginner inflatables and the Optimist Dinghy for just a few hundred Euros up to a luxuriously equipped 17-metre yacht costing upwards of a million. And around 24,000 visitors came to the 55th hanseboot Hamburg International Boat Show on the opening weekend. Beginners, professionals, and hobby skippers came to see the boats, the equipment, the special offers, and the new canoeing & kayaking hall. The show is running until 2 November.
Shuttle Bus to the City Sports Marina
The show is not restricted to the halls of the Messe, and over the weekend, countless visitors took advantage of the free shuttle service to the City Sports Marina to see the big yachts in real life. The boats on display range from 2.3m to 17.15m in length, and from a few hundred to 1.8 million Euros in price.
The biggest yacht at this year’s hanseboot is the Moody DS 54, 17.15m in length and costing just a touch over 635,000 Euros. With two cabins under the deck and an 8-bed cabin under the cockpit, it is spacious as well as luxurious. Docked at A4 in the City Sports Marina.
Hanse Yachts of Greifswald have the biggest sailboat in hall B6, the new 15.40m Hanse 505. The elegant boat is modelled on her big sister, the Hanse 575. The starting price is around 270,000 Euros. Configurations of up to six cabins and 11 beds are available.
The biggest motorboat this year is on display in hall B7 and goes by the name of Targa 44. Fitted with the new Volvo Penta motors, it can reach speeds of up to 38 knots (70 km/h).
...and the most expensive …
Oyster Marine prove that the priciest is not always the biggest. The Oyster 54 is 16.43m long and costs well over 1.5 million euros in the most basic equipment level. Looking doesn’t cost, though, and you can in the City Sports Marina, where the Oyster is docked at A6.
The most expensive motorboat is the Elling E3, at the Mannheim stand in hall B7. The basic version starts at 680,000 Euros – a price that includes a comfortable vessel suited to lengthy sea journeys.
... and the smallest.
The smallest boat at this year’s hanseboot is the Optimist skiff manufactured by Far East, just 2.3m in length and on display in hall B6. For 2,340 Euros, beginners can sail away in the optimum-performance and ready-to-race Speedster Regatta version.
Beginners interested in motorboats should head over to hall B7, where inflatables and small motorboats start at just a few hundred Euros – motor itself not included, of course. Alternatively, head to the upper floor of B4 for kayaks, canoes, and the like, at similar prices but fully functional without a power source!